US touts partial ceasefire with Taliban in push for election-year troop reduction

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Taliban officials have reportedly offered a seven-day ‘reduction of violence’ but Afghanistan experts question long-term significance

The US and Taliban are close to agreeing to a partial week-long ceasefire in Afghanistan intended to be a precursor to broader peace talks and withdrawal of at least some US troops.

Negotiators from both sides have been discussing the deal in Qatar and have said that an agreement is close. The Associated Press quoted two Taliban officials as saying they would walk away from the negotiating table if the offer of a seven-day “reduction of violence” was not accepted.

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